Synopsis: Noah is struggling to overcome grief and accept the recent death of his mother, who was once an astronaut. To move on, he must break the umbilical-like cord that still connects them, and commence a journey which will take him from his flat to beyond the stars. Solar Plexus offers a powerful exploration of themes and ideas concerning grief and the rituals that people can use to cope. The film makes use of two different animation techniques; stop-motion involving two sets and puppets, and oil paint-on-glass.
About the Director: David McShane is a filmmaker with a love of animation, tactility and story. He hails from Worksop in the Midlands, and recently completed Solar Plexus as part of his graduation animation project at the National Film and Television School. David considers it to be his debut film – given that his previous work ran no longer than 2 or 3 minutes. It has since become one of very few student films to compete at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.